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Did you know that uterine fibroids affect millions of women worldwide? These non-cancerous growths in the uterus can cause various symptoms and discomfort.

At Vein Doctors Sydney, we understand the importance of uterine fibroids treatment and its impact on women’s health. Discover the key aspects of this condition and explore our solutions to help you find relief and renewed well-being.

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What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are non-cancerous growths that develop in the muscular walls of the uterus. These growths vary in size and may range from small and undetectable to significantly large, causing discomfort and affecting fertility. Understanding this condition is crucial in seeking appropriate treatment.

What causes uterine fibroids?

The exact cause of uterine fibroids remains unclear, but several factors may contribute to their development.

Hormonal imbalances, particularly elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone, play a significant role in their growth. During a woman’s reproductive years, when estrogen and progesterone levels are at their highest, fibroids are more likely to develop and grow.

Other potential factors that may contribute to the development of uterine fibroids include:

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Heavy menstrual periods and pelvic pain could be an indication of uterine fibroids.
  • Genetic Predisposition: A family history of fibroids may increase the likelihood of developing them. If a woman’s mother or sister has had fibroids, her risk of developing them is higher.
  • Race and Ethnicity: Studies have shown that women of African descent are more likely to develop fibroids compared to women of other racial and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Age: Uterine fibroids are more common in women in their 30s and 40s. However, they can occur at any age during the reproductive years.
  • Obesity: Being overweight or obese has been associated with an increased risk of developing fibroids.
  • Diet: A diet high in red meat and low in fruits and vegetables has been linked to a higher risk of fibroids.
  • Early Menarche: Starting menstruation at an early age may be a risk factor for fibroids.
  • Nulliparity: Women who have not given birth to a child have a higher risk of developing fibroids.
  • Hypertension: High blood pressure has been associated with an increased risk of fibroids.

Symptomatic uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroid symptoms can vary depending on their size, location, and number. Some women may experience mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, while others may have more severe and disruptive manifestations. Common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

  • Heavy or Prolonged Menstrual Periods: One of the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids is heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia). Women with fibroids may experience prolonged periods that last longer than the typical menstrual cycle.
  • Pelvic Pain and Pressure: Fibroids can cause pelvic pain and discomfort, which may range from mild to severe. Some women may experience a feeling of pressure or fullness in the lower abdomen.
  • Frequent Urination: Large fibroids can put pressure on the bladder, leading to an increased frequency of urination or a persistent urge to urinate.
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  • Constipation: In some cases, fibroids can exert pressure on the rectum, leading to constipation or difficulty passing stools.
  • Pelvic Discomfort during Intercourse: Fibroids located near the cervix or vaginal wall may cause pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse.
  • Abdominal Swelling: Large fibroids can cause the abdomen to swell, giving the appearance of pregnancy or weight gain.
  • Anaemia: Excessive menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids can lead to iron-deficiency anaemia, resulting in fatigue, weakness, and pallor.
  • Infertility or Pregnancy Complications: Depending on their size and location, fibroids may interfere with fertility or increase the risk of pregnancy complications, such as miscarriage or preterm labour.

What are the risks of uterine fibroids?

While uterine fibroids are usually benign, they can lead to complications in some cases. Large fibroids can exert pressure on nearby organs, leading to urinary problems, bowel issues, and fertility challenges. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential in managing these risks.

How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?

Diagnosing uterine fibroids typically involves a combination of medical history, pelvic exams, and imaging tests such as ultrasounds or MRI scans. These diagnostic procedures help identify the size, location, and number of fibroids, enabling our medical experts to determine the most suitable treatment approach.

Treat uterine fibroids

There are several effective treatments that are successfully used to treat uterine fibroids.

Uterine Artery Embolisation (UAE): UAE is a non-surgical, image-guided procedure. Fibroids depend on uterine arteries for their blood supply. During the procedure, a small catheter is inserted into the femoral artery in the groin and guided to the uterine arteries. Tiny particles (embolic agents) are then injected into the arteries to block blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink over time. UAE is particularly suitable for women with symptomatic fibroids who wish to avoid surgery and preserve their uterus.

Medication: Hormonal medications, such as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists or progestin-releasing intrauterine devices, may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms associated with fibroids. These medications can temporarily shrink fibroids and reduce heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain. However, their effects are generally temporary, and fibroids may regrow after the medication is stopped.

Myomectomy: Myomectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of fibroids while preserving the uterus. This option is suitable for women who desire to retain their fertility or wish to avoid a hysterectomy. Myomectomy can be performed through various techniques, including hysteroscopy (removal through the vagina), laparoscopy (keyhole surgery), or laparotomy (open abdominal surgery).

Hysterectomy: In cases where fibroids are severe, recurrent, or causing significant complications, a hysterectomy may be recommended. A hysterectomy involves the surgical removal of the entire uterus, and sometimes the cervix. This option is considered definitive and eliminates the possibility of fibroid recurrence.

Cost of uterine fibroids treatment in Sydney

The cost of uterine fibroids treatment can vary based on the chosen approach and individual circumstances. During your consultation at Vein Doctors Sydney, we will discuss the treatment options, and associated costs, and provide transparent information to help you make informed decisions.

Please contact us for more information on costs.

Meet Our Expert Team

At Vein Doctors Sydney, we are committed to providing personalised and compassionate care for women with uterine fibroids.

Our experienced team of medical professionals utilises the latest techniques and technology to deliver effective treatment solutions. Don’t let uterine fibroids disrupt your life – take action now and schedule a consultation to explore your treatment options.

How to schedule a consultation

For more information on our services and the cost of each service, or to schedule a consultation at our clinic, please contact us at one of the following:
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If you require more information on uterine fibroids treatment, please read our most frequently asked questions:

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths and are almost always benign.

Depending on their size and location, uterine fibroids can impact fertility, but many women with fibroids can still conceive and have healthy pregnancies.

Not all fibroids require treatment. In cases where fibroids are small and do not cause symptoms, watchful waiting may be a suitable approach.

Endometrial ablation is primarily used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding by removing the uterine lining, and it is not a standard treatment for addressing uterine fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths within the uterine muscle. Uterine fibroids are usually managed through treatments such as uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE) or other surgical approaches.

Recurrence of uterine fibroids is possible, but the likelihood can be minimised with appropriate treatment and follow-up care.

Yes, some non-surgical treatments, such as uterine artery embolisation, can effectively treat fibroids without surgery.

UAE is a minimally invasive procedure typically performed by an interventional radiologist and is typically well-tolerated by patients. During the procedure, you will be given anaesthesia to minimise discomfort. Women may experience cramping or discomfort after the procedure, but this can usually be well managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

The recovery time after UAE is generally shorter than traditional surgical treatments. Most women can return home on the same day or the next day after the procedure. Initial recovery may take a few days to a week, during which you may experience mild discomfort.

Like any medical procedure, UAE may have some side effects. Common side effects include mild pain or discomfort, fatigue, and mild nausea. These side effects are usually temporary and subside within a few days.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

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